January 1999

Features

Church Search

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Dallas is not the place. NO, THAT’S HIGHLAND PARK Hon-Ming Chen, the founder of God’s Salvation Church in Taiwan, and 140 of his followers moved to the Dallas suburb of Garland because they thought it was the site of the original Garden of Eden and it sounded like “God’s Land.”…

Slur Stir

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

They stand politically corrected. WHERE’S THAT TIGER WHEN YOU NEED HIM? During a Galveston City Council meeting, the Reverend James Thomas, an African American member of the council, referred to African Americans who had unsuccessfully challenged his reelection as “Sambos.” HOW SHORTSIGHTED OF HER The City of Houston’s affirmative action…

Bush Push

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

They’re big, by George. NOW IT’S REALLY EASY TO READ HIS LIPS Houston sculptor David Adickes is creating twenty-foot-tall busts of George Bush and the forty other U.S. presidents for a patriotic theme park he hopes to open this year in Virginia. AW, HE’S JUST BEATING AROUND THE BUSH At…

Not Great In ’98

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

“C” why it was a bad year. CRUSHED. Garry Mauro suffered the worst defeat of any Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Texas history, losing to George W. Bush by 1.4 million votes and getting just 31 percent of the vote. CATAPULTED. Tommy Lee Jones was banged up when he was thrown…

The Six-Billion-Dollar Men

Jan 1, 1999 By Paul Burka

How to spend a huge budget surplus will be the defining issue of the coming legislative session. It will also determine the political futures of George W. Bush, Rick Perry, and Pete Laney.

Deep Dish

Jan 1, 1999 By Evan Smith

Which Hollywood legend is “the bitch of all time”? Which comedienne’s daughter was a dope addict by age fourteen and came to Houston to get unhooked? Texas’ top gossips tell all.

Teenage Wasteland

Jan 1, 1999 By Pamela Colloff

With its optimistically broad streets and oversized cantilevered homes, Plano is the suburban ideal taken to its extreme, and its exaggerated scale often gives rise to exaggerated problems. Heroin addiction is only the latest.

Err Ware

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

The Bum Steer Gift Guide. THE RON PAUL FAMILY COOKBOOK, compiled by the family of the Surfside congressman, which contains recipes such as Zippy Olive-Beef Spread and a clip-and-mail card soliciting donations to his reelection campaign (free to donors). LEAVE BILL CLINTON ALONE, a compact disc from Austin soul…

1999 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

A year of asking-for-it Aggies, badass broccoli, contraband coffee, Death Row decor, extrapolating elephants, faux feet, god-awful gimmickry, humongous heavyweights, incomparable ironers, judicial jimjams, kaput kowtowers, lame-brained liberals, moping millionaires, NASA ninnies, off-putting officials, prize-winning pignappers, quasi-comic quipsters, red-handed rapscallions, scarfable sod, theoretical thongs, ungodly ungulates, vomiting vegetation, wild-eyed window-breakers, xenophobic Xanthippes, Yankee yahoos, and zapped zealots.

Reporter

CD and Book Reviews

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

LEON RAUSCH If Cindy Walker had never produced another song besides “You Don’t Know Me,” her stature would be assured among country and pop writers. But the Mexia woman has written about four hundred others, including “Bubbles in My Beer” (Bob Wills) and…

Dianne Hardy-Garcia

Jan 1, 1999 By Katy Vine

DIANNE HARDY-GARCIA is so earnest in conversation that you might mistake her for a political novice. Don’t. As the executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Rights Lobby of Texas for the past five years, the 33-year-old San Antonio native has had one of the most challenging jobs in a…

Michael Martin Murphey

Jan 1, 1999 By Patricia McConnico

When I was seventeen, I didn’t have a band; I pretty much performed either by myself or with a bass player. I often played at a coffeehouse I started called the Windjammer. It was down on McKinney Avenue in Dallas, which was a really rough neighborhood at the time. One…

Columns

Wild Kingdom

Jan 1, 1999 By michaelblumenthal

Tucked away near tiny Murchison, Black Beauty Ranch is a refuge for injured, abused, or abandoned animals—even after the death of its guiding spirit, Cleveland Amory.

News Makers

Jan 1, 1999 By Helen Thorpe

Coming January 1 to a small screen near you: A round-the-clock, Texas-specific, CNN-style cable channel. Its creators will be watching. Will you?

Not Black and White

Jan 1, 1999 By caroldawson

Fifteen years ago, in a PBS documentary, Bill Moyers declared that the East Texas town of Marshall was actually two towns divided by race. To some extent, it still is.

Web

Mashed Potatoes

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

2 pounds russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered 2 teaspoons puréed chipotles (canned or rehydrated dried chiles) 1/2 cup half-and-half or cream (restaurant uses whipping cream) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter kosher or sea salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste 2 tablespoons chopped…

Braised Lamb Shank and Rabbit

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Lamb and Rabbit 4 small, lean lamb shanks, trimmed of visible fat 4 rabbit hind legs kosher or sea salt and coarsely ground pepper to taste 3/4 cup olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and coarsely chopped 4 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped…

Miscellany

Around the State

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Fort Worth and Austin say “Uncle”—Miltie, that is. Plus: The art of rock and roll in Austin; college athletes in the swim in Dallas; an operatic debut in Dallas with a familiar Ring; and a post-war jazz master plays San Antonio. THE MAIN EVENT Must See Mr. TV Dear…

Case Study

Jan 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

ALL OUR LIVES—our beliefs, our government, our history—changed that day [“The Assassination at 35,” November 1998]. I was thirteen when President Kennedy was killed, and I have always believed it was a conspiracy. After this issue, I don’t. Sis Hoskins Cedar Creek A PRISTINE PRIMER. Remarkable writing,…